Free and low-cost Internet Options

More information can be found here:
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/technical-tools-and-support/free-and-low-cost-internet-options

Free Options

Here are NYC resources for various free wifi options throughout the City, along with the CV19 specific offers being extended by the carriers to families.

Altice (aka Optimum) offers a plan beginning $14.99/month plan called Altice Advantage 

  • Eligible for or participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP); or a New York City resident and attends a New York City public school; or eligible for or receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and 65 years of age or older; or a veteran and receive state or federal public assistance. 

Charter (aka Spectrum) offers a plan beginning at $14.99/month called Spectrum Internet Assist  

  • One or more members of your household must be a recipient of one of the following assistance programs: 
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP) 
  • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP 
  • Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only) 

Verizon offers the Lifeline program, its Fios broadband internetservice beginning at $19.99 per month for 200 Mpbs, plus taxes and equipment charges. This offer includes a year of free Disney+ and no router or rental fees for two months. 

  • Here Are The Ways You Can Qualify For Lifeline: 
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps 
  • Medicaid 
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA) 
  • Veterans Pension and Survivors Benefit 
  • Tribal Programs (and live on federally-recognized Tribal lands)

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